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Privacy Policy

We take the matter of protecting the personal data of our users very seriously and strictly adhere to the relevant provisions of data protection legislation (such as TMG; BDSG). Similarly, all data collected is protected to the very best of our ability by the technological and organizational measures put in place in our IT security and privacy policies. As a matter of principle, your data is not forwarded to third parties. Exceptions to this rule shall apply solely in the case of statutory or legal requirements, or when you have specifically approved such forwarding of data, or have expressed a wish for this to be done.

This statement provides you with an overview of the measure designed to assure such protection, together with an outline of the type of data collected and the purposes for which this is used.

If you wish to be sent more detailed information, or have questions relating to the use of your data on these internet pages that are not answered in this data protection statement (”Privacy Policy”), please do not hesitate to contact us. You will find our contact data at Imprint.


I. Automatic data processing on this internet page

When you access internet pages, the information transferred to us by your browser is automatically stored in our "server log files". This includes:

  • Browsertype/ -version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL (the page last visited)
  • Host name of the computer accessing the site (IP address)
  • Time of the server enquiry

The technology used is such that we are unable to assign such data to specific persons. No attempt is made to link this data to other data sources (e.g. any registration data that may exist), and data is, following a statistical evaluation, deleted and not retained as an individual data record set.

II. Services requiring log-in - newsletters, etc.

If you would like to access the (personalized and/or paid content) services offered on the website, we may, in order to provide this service and for billing purposes, require further information from you.

Most notably, this shall include your name, your (valid) email address, and further particulars (address, telephone number, etc.), which enable us to check that you are, for example, the owner of the email address provided, or that the owner thereof agrees to receive the relevant services, in order to be able to supply the desired services and, finally, in order to render accounts and serve invoices in the due manner.

Entry of a valid email address is required in order for us to prevent misuse of registration procedures - in the case of newsletters, for example. We therefore rely on the so-called. "double opt-in" process, in which you are sent, after entering your email address on our websites, a so-called confirm mail to act as authentication of your registration, and as part of which you are, by clicking a corresponding link, required to verify your email address.

The data in question is so-called personal ("person-linked”) data, i.e. data that can be used to establish your identity. As a matter of principle, however, you are able to use our free internet services with-out having to reveal your identity in either full or in part.

Additionally, you may, when signing up/logging in to our services, provide us with further information - going beyond that required for the rendering of the service (such as sector, occupational group, age, etc.) - on a voluntary basis by entering this in the appropriate fields or boxes. Such data is used by us to align services more closely to the needs of users, for product information and advertising purposes, and also for customer relations purposes. As a matter of principle, data is not forwarded to third parties (cf. above).

III. Cookies

1. Cookies

In several different places, internet pages use so-called cookies. These are employed to make our service more user-friendly, more effective, and safer. Cookies are little text files deposited on your computer and stored by your browser. You can block the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; yet we must point out that, in such an event, you may be unable to use the website’s many functions to the fullest extent possible. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are not used by us as a means of storing personal data.

2. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transfered to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website.

Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purpose described above.

IV. Web analysis by ONE by AOL of Oath Inc. 

This website uses the services of ONE by AOL provider of the OATH brand. This company is a provider of technical services for the delivery of advertising on To do this, ONE by AOL operates ad servers, which can be controlled through the website using JavaScript. As part of the ad serving process, through the use of a cookie ONE by AOL collects a range of non-personal data on behalf of TextilWirtschaft. A list of the data can be found here.

This data allows ONE by AOL to measure the coverage achieved by advertising such as the number of clicks on an ad or how often a certain item of advertising was delivered to an individual user. ONE by AOL can then report this data to TextilWirtschaft. ONE by AOL frequently combines data collected in individual networks internally for statistical purposes. We respect users’ wishes for anonymization and non-use of cookies. For this click on the following link: The ONE by AOL ad server will then no longer place advertising cookies on your browser. Further information can be found in the privacy policy statement of ONE by AOL at

V. Social Plug-Ins 

1. Facebook

Based on our legitimate interests (i.e., our interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Article 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR) we use social plug-ins (“plug-ins”) of the social network, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”).

This can include content such as images, videos or text and buttons, with which users can share the content of this online offer within Facebook. The list and the appearance of Facebook social plug-ins can be seen here:

When users open a feature of this online offering that includes such a plug-in, their device establishes a direct connection to the servers of Facebook. The content of the plug-in is sent by Facebook directly to the device of the user and incorporated by it into the online offer. In the process, user profiles of the users can be created from the data processed. We thus have no influence on the quantity of data that Facebook collects with the help of this plug-in and we therefore notify users in accordance with what we know.

By integrating the plug-ins, Facebook receives the information that a user has accessed the corresponding page of the online offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can associate the visit with his or her Facebook account. If users interact with the plug-ins, for example, by pressing the “Like” button or leaving a comment, the information is transmitted from your device directly to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility that Facebook will discover and store the IP address of the user. According to Facebook, only an anonymous IP address is stored in Germany.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as the related rights and optional settings for protecting the privacy of users can be found in the privacy policy of Facebook:

If users are Facebook members and do not want Facebook to collect data about them via this online offer and link it to their membership data stored on Facebook, they must log out of Facebook and delete their cookies before using our online offer. Other settings and objections to the use of data for promotional purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings.

2. Twitter

Our website contains programs (plug-ins) from the Twitter social network. These are operated exclusively by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States. When you visit a page that contains such a plug-in, your browser connects directly to Twitter’s servers. The content of the plug-in is sent by Twitter directly to your browser and incorporated by it into the website. By integrating the plug-ins, Twitter receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged in to Twitter, Twitter can associate the visit with your Twitter account. Please see Twitter’s privacy statements for more information on the purpose and extent of data collection by Twitter, as well as how they further process and use your data there, and your related rights and optional settings for protecting your privacy.

Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States)

Privacy policy notice:


Privacy Shield:

3. INFonline

Our web page uses the measurement procedure (“SZMnG”) provided by INFOnline GmbH ( to measure statistical parameters relating to the use of our site. The reason for collecting these user metrics is to statistically measure the number of visits to our website, the number of visitors and their surfing behaviour using a standardised procedure to allow values to be collected that are comparable across the market.
For all sites that are members of the Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V. [German Audit Bureau of Circulation] (IVW – or that participate in online research carried out by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online-Forschung e.V. [German Online Research Working Group] (AGOF -, the user metrics will be processed further on a regular basis by the AGOF and the Working Group for Media Analysis (agma – and will be published under the performance indicator “Unique User” as well as by the IVW with the performance indicators “Page Impression” and “Visits”. This reach and statistics can be accessed on their respective web pages.

1. Legal Basis for Processing
The measurement by INFOnline GmbH using the SZMnG measurement procedure is carried out upon legitimate interest, under Art. 6 Para.1 lit. f) of the GDPR.
The purpose of processing personal data is to gain statistics and to create user categories. The statistics are used to understand and substantiate the use of our sites. The user categories form the basis for an interest-oriented alignment of advertising material and advertising measures. A usage measurement which guarantees comparability with competitors in the market is essential for the marketing of this web page. Our legitimate interest stems from the economic usability of our findings that we get from the statistics, user categories and the market value of our web page, as well as the direct comparison with third-party web pages, which can be determined from the statistics.
In addition, we have a legitimate interest in making the pseudonymised data of INFOnline, AGOF and IVW available for the purposes of market research (AGOF, agma) and for statistical purposes (INFOnline, IVW). Furthermore, we have a legitimate interest in providing INFOnline’s pseudonymised data for the further development and provision of interest-oriented advertising material.

2. Types of Data
INFOnline GmbH collects the following data which, according to EU-GDPR, can be linked to a particular person:
IP address: On the Internet, each device requires a unique address to transmit information: the IP address. Because of how the Internet functions, it is technically necessary for the IP address to be stored, at least for a short period. IP addresses are truncated to 1 byte before any processing. Further processing is only performed on anonymised IP addresses. No IP addresses that have not been truncated are saved or processed.
A randomly generated Client ID: To allow computer systems to be recognised, the further processing uses either a third-party cookie, a first-party cookie, a local storage object or a signature that is compiled from diverse information from your browser that is transmitted automatically. This identification is explicit for a browser, as long as the cookie or local storage object is not deleted. It is possible to measure the data and to subsequently assign it to the respective client identifier by accessing other websites that also use the measuring method ("SZMnG") of INFOnline GmbH.
The validity of the cookie is restricted to a maximum of 1 year.

3. Data Use
INFOnline GmbH’s measurement process, which is posted on this web page, determines usage data. This is done to collect the performance indicators of page impressions, visits and clients, and to provide additional performance indicators (e.g. qualified clients). In addition, the measured data is used as follows:
Geolocalisation (web page access being linked to the access location) is performed exclusively on the basis of the anonymised IP addresses and only to the geographical level of federal state/region. The collected geographical information cannot, under any circumstances, be used to determine a user’s specific place of residence.
The usage data from a technical client (e.g. from a device’s browser) are amalgamated from all web pages and saved in a database. This information is technically evaluated for age and gender and handed over to the AGOF service providers for further processing. In the course of the AGOF study, random samples for social characteristics are taken for technical evaluation, which are organised into the following categories: Age, Gender, Nationality, Occupation, Marital Status, General Household Information, Household Income, Place of Residence, Internet Use, Online Interests, Place of Use, Type of User.

4. Data Storage Time
The full IP address will not be saved by INFOnline GmbH. The truncated IP address will be saved for a maximum of 60 days. The usage data in connection with the unique identifier is saved for a maximum of 6 months.

5. Data Disclosure
Neither the IP address nor the truncated IP address will be disclosed. The data with client IDs will be disclosed to the following AGOF service providers for the creation of the AGOF study:
Kantar Deutschland GmbH (
Ankordata GmbH & Co. KG (
Interrogare GmbH (

6. Rights of the Data Subject
The data subject has the following rights:
Right of access (Art.15 GDPR)
Right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR)
Right to object(Art. 21 GDPR)
Right to erasure (Art. 17 GDPR)
Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR)
Right to data portability (Art.20 GDPR)
For inquiries related to this, please consult [Insert your email inbox for data protection questions]. Please note: For questions such as these, we must ensure that the question actually involves the data subject. Right to Object If you would rather not take part in the measurement, you can opt out via the following link: In order to guarantee exclusion from the measurement, it is a technical requirement to set a cookie. Should you wish to delete your browser’s cookies, you must go through the opt-out process using the above-mentioned link.
The data subject has the right to submit a complaint to a data protection authority.
Further information on data protection in the measurement procedure can be found on the website of INFOnline GmbH (the company that operates the measurement procedure) (, AGOF’s web page concerning data protection ( and the IVW’s data protection web page (

VI. Revoking the (continued) processing and utilization of data

At any time, you may notify us that you wish to revoke the authorization previously given to us to store your personal data, and to make use thereof to provide the respective services.

Please note that, even in the event of such a revocation notice instructing us to stop using and/or stor-ing data, we reserve the right to continue to use your data to the extent that this may be required for billing purposes.

Moreover, instructions preventing us from making continued use of your data will inevitably mean that you may no longer be able to receive the services (newsletters, etc.) to which you subscribe, and that we shall have to terminate the supply of the services without further delay. As part of this process, your personal data will immediately be deleted and no longer retained in our data records.

VII. Right to information

At all times, you have the right to be given information about the type and extent of the stored data relating to your person, the origin thereof, the persons receiving such data, and the storage purpose. (Contact data, see below, IX.)

VIII. Further information

Your trust in the security of our services is something we consider especially important. Accordingly, we shall, at all times, be happy to answer any questions you may have with regard to the processing of your personal data. If you have queries that were not answered in this Privacy Policy statement, or if you would like more detailed information on a specific point, please do not hesitate to email us at or to contact us by post.

On request, we shall naturally be happy to answer queries or requests for information and, for your own safety, shall also do so in writing/by post.

IX. Amendments to and accessibility of data protection provisions

Due to changes and adjustments to the services provided, to new statutory and legal requirements and, in certain instances, to previously undetected gaps or loopholes in existing provisions, it may prove necessary to amend this data protection statement. We shall advise you of any such changes - to the extent that this occurs - by emailing you at the address with which we have been provided. Additionally, you may access and print out this Privacy Policy statement from any page of this internet service by clicking on the "PRIVACY POLICY" link.

X. Overview of contact data for information and cancellation/revocation:

Contact data/data protection officer: